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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 154th Highest Average Incomes: 227th
The Social Darwinist Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!
Oryx the Taken King
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Ascendant Hive

Population4.054 billion

CapitalAscendant Dreadnaught
LeaderOryx the Taken King
Faiththe Sword-Logic

CurrencyAscendant Rune
AnimalAscendant Worm

The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Oryx the Taken King with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.054 billion Ascendant Spawn are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ascendant Dreadnaught. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant Brood economy, worth a remarkable 2,003 trillion Ascendant Runes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 494,297 Ascendant Runes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,847,403 per year while the poor average 92,629, a ratio of 19.9 to 1.

All work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, the government is encouraging violence on television, and foreign lack of enthusiasm for Ascendant Brood nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ascendant Hive's national animal is the Ascendant Worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Sword-Logic.

The Ascendant Hive is ranked 1,003rd in the world and 7th in Forest for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 862.79 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 154thHighest Average Incomes: 227thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 283rdLargest Insurance Industry: 304thLargest Retail Industry: 314thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 323rdMost Corrupt Governments: 340thMost Avoided: 375thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 383rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 418thLargest Information Technology Sector: 427thLargest Mining Sector: 501stLargest Black Market: 513thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 519thMost Subsidized Industry: 539thFattest Citizens: 644thMost Devout: 675thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 730thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 797thRudest Citizens: 851stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,003rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,014thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,852ndLargest Governments: 2,088thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,870thLowest Crime Rates: 3,878thNudest: 4,353rdSmartest Citizens: 4,824thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,296thHighest Economic Output: 5,703rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,673rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,198thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 10,441stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,900thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,373rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,680thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,773rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,394thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,813thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,021st
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionNudest: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 29th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, foreign lack of enthusiasm for Ascendant Brood nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the government is encouraging violence on television.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, anyone who doesn't attend Official Governmental Religious Services is fined.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing.

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